Aditi Ashok finished fourth in Tokyo on Saturday, just missing out on being the first Indian golfer to earn an Olympic medal.
Aditi Ashok finished fourth in Tokyo on Saturday, just missing out on being the first Indian golfer to earn an Olympic medal. She was in medal contention for most of the four rounds but came up just short, finishing a shot behind Mone Inami of Japan and Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who were tied for second place and had to compete in a playoff. She was only two strokes behind gold medalist Nelly Korda of the United States. Aditi placed fourth overall after four rounds in the women’s individual stroke play tournament with a score of 269, 15 under par.
“I believe it’s fantastic; even being in the top five or ten at an Olympics is impressive. Because you know that sport or individual has a chance to win a medal. So simply having more top finishes, even if they aren’t precisely podium results, would help develop the game by bringing more eyes to the sport and more support, more youngsters picking up more, and so on “Aditi Ashok remarked as her tournament came to a close.
“I never saw myself competing in the Olympics when I first started golfing; golf wasn’t even an Olympic sport at the time. So sometimes you simply pick it up and work hard every day while having fun, and other times you get here, “she said.
Aditi performed admirably in the women’s individual stroke play event. She tied for second place with world number one Nelly Korda of the United States in Round 1 with a four-under 67. Madalene Sagstrom of Sweden was in the lead after the first round, shooting a five-under 66.
Aditi shot a five-under 66 in the second round to maintain her second-place position. With a three-under-par finish, Sagstrom dropped behind, while Korda took the lead after Round 2 with a nine-under-par.
Aditi, who is rated 200th in the world, kept up her good form in Round three of the women’s golf tournament at the Tokyo Olympics, shooting a three-under 68 to remain in medal contention.
Aditi was a youngster when she competed in the recent Olympic Games in Rio, where she finished 41st in the women’s solo event.